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Irish airports should not enforce Trump’s order - Gerry Adams TD

30 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said St Patrick’s Day in the US is Irish America’s day and not the preserve of any president, political party or tradition.

Teachta Adams said this evening:

"There is widespread concern in Ireland, and across the world, about the Executive Order introduced by US President Donald Trump to halt the US refugee programme and introduce a blanket 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. 

"The Taoiseach has made clear his intention to go to the White House on St. Patrick's Day, but his visit cannot be business as usual. 

"It is incumbent on him to relay to the US President, in the strongest possible terms, the opposition of those in Ireland to these measures. He must also ensure that Irish airports do not enforce the fundamentally unjust order of the President. I have urged him to do this without delay.

"The celebration of St. Patrick's Day in the US is not the preserve of any President or political party or tradition. It is Irish America's Day and a time for our diaspora to celebrate their heritage and culture. It is a mark of these celebrations that they are inclusive and enjoyed by a wide range of opinion. Such diversity has always been a hallmark of the US. Developments in recent days are particularly worrying against that backdrop.

"The importance of Ireland's relationship with the US is one Sinn Féin have played a role in building and supporting and will continue to do so." ENDS

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